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Great Song Examples For Your Recessional Wedding Songs

Posted January 26, 2012 by in Articles | No comments yet

On this occasion, I will discuss Recessional Wedding Songs. I will give you some advice on the music to use in this part of the wedding ceremony. The music to consider for the recessional will usually be the same as for the processional; the songs are in most cases suitable for both.

We shouldn’t forget though, that there is something to consider. More up-beat songs are preferred for the recessional, while the processional may use slower paced songs for the wedding party to walk down the aisle with ease.

The Recessional is the end of the ceremony, just after the kiss and after the couple has been pronounced husband and wife. It is the moment when the bride and groom leave the place. This is a perfect moment for the Recessional wedding songs to start playing.

Of course, it all depends on the ceremony type. In this opportunity, I am referring to the Christian ceremony; I will talk about other types of ceremonies in my next articles.

In a typical Christian ceremony, the bride and groom kiss and turn to face the guests as the newly pronounced husband and wife; they exit the location followed by the maid and groom of honor.

The bridesmaids, groomsmen and the rest of the guests may stay standing and applauding as they exit, but this can change from ceremony to ceremony. As well, some of the guests will have organized outside the church or location to meet the couple, to throw them rice, petals and/or confetti.

As a rule, the recessional wedding songs should be much more upbeat than the other songs in the ceremony since they should be in tune with the happy moment. The moment the bride and groom are pronounced husband and wife and they kiss is a good time to begin playing the song. Or, the song can start when they turn around to look at the guests and start leaving; it’s really up to them.

You will find in this link many suggestions for recessional wedding songs. Below are a few traditional as well as more contemporary choices:

  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major
  • Wedding March
  • Beautiful Day
  • The Trumpet Voluntary
  • I’m yours
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • I’m a believer
  • La Primavera (Spring) Op. 8, No. 1

You can hear excerpts of these pieces to help you decide if they suit your music plans and taste, as well as other suggestions for every part of the ceremony and reception in this site dedicated exclusively to wedding music: top 10 wedding songs.

There are also videos with the music to show you a picture of how it could look and feel with certain recessional wedding songs. It will really help you to picture it so that you can make a good decision!

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